To Men Who Want To Sing Better
- To Men Who Want To Sing Better
Would you like to sing better? Maybe you sing in the car, the shower, with
your church or possibly in a local ensemble or community musical. Regardless
of where you vocalize, the fact is the vast majority of men have never had
formal training. If you want to get better where do you go? What do you do?
The Peninsulaires Men's Barbershop Chorus is offering a solution - for free!
Every Tuesday evening in August - at their regular rehearsal - Paul Eastman,
Vice President of Music and Performance for The Peninsulaires and 42 year
member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will conduct a series of free
educational sessions that focus on improving vocal quality. You are welcome
to attend any or all of the lessons. As part of these "hands on" sessions
you will sing with The Peninsulaires during their rehearsal and immediately
use what you learn.
The venue is The First United Methodist Church of Sunnyvale at 550 Old San
Francisco Road (just West of Fair Oaks) in Sunnyvale. Rehearsal begins at
7:30 PM. The topics are:
August 7 - Chord Vocabulary - Barbershop Harmony is a unique sound that is
built around specific chord structures. This session will define those
structures and explain what makes them unique among vocal styles.
August 14 - You Say "Po-tah-toe" And I Say "Po-tay-toe" - Ninety percent of
the time barbershop style music has all voice parts singing the same words
at the same time. This session will demonstrate and explain the impact on
the quality of sound if every singer is pronouncing every word in exactly
the same way (which is not what happens with most choral groups).
August 21 - Resonance Production - The human throat and skull are phenomenal
resonance chambers. The best singers understand how to use the five distinct
chambers to enhance tonal quality, adjust the volume of sound (as opposed to
loudness), and increase brightness so as to generate overtones.
August 28 - Why Your Piano Is Out of Tune - The human voice is more like a
violin than a piano. It can adjust pitch on an infinite scale. Consequently
very subtle changes in pitch make a huge difference to the sound of an a
cappella chord. This session will demonstrate how and why barbershoppers
make subtle adjustments to pitch to create those ringing chords.
For 60 years The Peninsulaires have been sharing the joy of barbershop
harmony at their annual cabaret dinner show, ice cream social and theatrical
production events. In addition, the full 30-man chorus and/or chapter
quartets perform regularly at community events, local charity functions and
private parties. Their weekly rehearsals are open to the public. For more
information visit their website www.thepeninsulaires.org, call 650-618-8600
or e-mail info@....